Tipu is dead

January 9, 2011


Tusker Tipu who was provided medical aid day before yesterday for his injuries died yesterday, apparently because he fell off from a railway bridge he was crossing. The wildlife department was supposed to keep a vigil eye towards the progress of Tipu as he was badly injured (read the previous post). He was to be under 24-hour watch as he was being treated for his injuries, and was heavily drugged. But the forest department goofed it up. They apparently shot fire rounds on him and dragged him off the village limits and also to keep him off from a herd of elephants.

The forest department needs to understand that firing shots is one of the most vital mistakes they are making towards these 450-odd pachyderms existing in 820 sq km Rajaji National Park. It feels like they are the real killer in veil of protectionists. And yes, they are. I have closely observed their mis-management in handling wildlife migrations. And they fail miserably.

Tipu was 65 years old.

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